ARCEP mandates parity in off-net and on-net tariffs; will implement number portability

21 Oct 2020

Chadian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Post (L’Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, ARCEP) has issued a decision to align tariffs for off-net and on-net communications. The decision – the text of which was posted to the regulator’s Facebook page – requires providers to set off-net tariffs to match their on-net tariffs. Providers were also instructed to take all measures to ensure that any increase in traffic resulting from the order does not impact service quality. Meanwhile, President Idriss Deby has issued a decree ordering the implementation of number portability (NP). The decree requires ARCEP to define the terms and conditions for the portability service, and to work with providers to establish a system for porting numbers. The cost of setting up and maintaining the system is to be covered by operators via licences for numbering resources.